LLANDILLO stud management hasn't wasted time with their $15,000 second top-priced new sire purchased online during the 59th Dubbo Herefords Australia National sale last week.
He is already out with 40 stud first and second calver heifers at Llandillo's stud, The Lagoon, Bathurst.
The $15,000 Grathlyn Pacemaker, a son of the New Zealand imported sire, Koanui Techno 3062, weighing 890 kilograms at 21 months was one of six Grathlyn bulls sold by stud principals, the Rayner family, Hargraves, which averaged a healthy $9833 and another two heifers selling to $4500 and averaging $3750.
Five sons of Koanui Techno 3062 averaged $10,000.
Llandillo stud principal John Neradovsky and manager, Lee White, said they had been chasing a Techno son for some time.
"We are really working on our carcase traits incorporating fat numbers and eye muscle area (EMA) with high 400-day growth," Mr White said.
"That's why we like the Technos which incorporate both carcase and growth.
"We missed buying two Technos before this year, but believe Pacemaker will do the job for us as he's got that amazing carcase."
The bull arrived at Llandillo last Wednesday, and was out with cows on Thursday morning, just two days after the sale. He will stay with his harem for six weeks before heading to Holbrook Breeders for semen collection.
Pacemaker's dam was by the Canadian import, LLL Nuff Said 45H.
The third top price of $13,000 was paid by Nelson Carlow of Kidman stud, Dubbo and Gilgandra, for another Koanui son, Grathlyn Pagan, who's dam is Grathlyn Chance B30 by Heatherdale Bonanza. Pagan weighed 884kg at 21 months.
Another Konui son at $11,000 was Grathlyn Pacifier from another Chance family dam but sired by Yavenvale Humdinger, purchased by Bill and Therese Crowley and family, The Cottage stud, Barraba. Pacifier weighed 784kg at 21 months.
A son of the 2017 Dubbo junior and grand champion Grathlyn Landmark sold at $9000 to Tirlta Station, Broken Hill, who purchased three bulls for an $8000 average including another Grathlyn bull at $6000 (Grathyn Pittsburg, by the Koanui sire) plus Eathorpe Potential, by Eathorpe Influential, sold by Oliver Jeffery, Armidale.
Two Grathlyn females also sold well with the eight month-old Grathlyn Lady Bliss, by the 2020 Dubbo National junior champion, Grathlyn Holly Field, selling at $4500 to Jessica Grosser, Riverwood stud, Nelson Plains.
The other at $3000 was Grathlyn Chance Q003 by Grathlyn Nirvana, a son of Koanui Techno, and also eight months, to James Cavanagh, Cootamundra.